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EPA Extends Comment Period for Oil and Gas Methane and VOC Emissions Rulemaking

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On November 15, 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published a proposed rule that included three separate actions under the Clean Air Act that target new and existing air emission sources at oil and natural gas...more

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Legal Storm Clouds Gather As New Climate Change Policies Are Released

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Concurrent with commitments made during the twenty-sixth meeting of the United Nations’ COP26 summit in Glasgow, Scotland, the Biden Administration released two significant policies aimed at analyzing and curtailing the...more

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Natural Gas Processing (NGP) Facilities Now Required to Report to EPA for the Toxics Release Inventory

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On November 24, 2021, the EPA added natural gas processing (“NGP”) facilities to its list of facilities required to report information for inclusion in the Toxics Release Inventory (“TRI”). Created in 1986, the TRI is an...more

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Energy & Sustainability Washington Updates - December 2021

President Biden has signed into law the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), the bipartisan infrastructure bill approved by the Senate in August and the House of Representatives in November. With a price tag of $1.2...more

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EPA Expands Requirements for Reducing Methane Emissions from Oil & Gas Production Sector

EPA proposes new emissions control requirements for new sources and existing sources and aims to reduce methane emissions by 74 percent by 2030. Regulations would require newly constructed oil and gas production facilities...more

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Top Ten: What You Need to Know About the Build Back Better Act

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On Friday morning, November 19th, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5376, the Build Back Better Act, on a party-line vote of 220 – 213, Rep. Jared Golden of Maine was the only Democrat to vote against the bill. The...more

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EPA Proposes Methane Emission Regulation for Existing Oil and Gas Production

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After years of attempts with varying success to regulate methane emissions from new oil and gas wells, the Biden administration has shifted strategy in proposing a regulatory program covering both new and existing oil and...more

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EPA Issues Highly Anticipated Methane Rule for the Oil and Gas Sector

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Earlier this week, EPA published its proposed new methane regulations for the oil and gas sector. These new rules will have significant practical implications for the industry and have the potential to set new precedent for...more

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Global Climate Change Cooperation: Takeaways from COP26 for Regulated Entities

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Upon taking office in January, the Biden Administration immediately prioritized climate change and environmental justice, fulfilling President Biden’s campaign promise. In the past two weeks, President Biden reiterated those...more

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The Biden Administration Proposes New Rule to Dramatically Cut Methane Emissions in the Oil and Gas Sector

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Last week, as world leaders met at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), issued a proposed rule under the Clean Air Act (“CAA”) designed...more

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EPA Announces Forthcoming Regulations to Curb Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Sources

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On November 2, 2021, the EPA announced a proposed rule aimed at reducing methane emissions from oil and gas sources. The proposed rule is part of the Biden Administration’s U.S. Methane Emissions Reduction Action Plan, which...more

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EPA Proposes Clean Air Rule to Cut Methane Emissions from Oil and Natural Gas Industry

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On November 2, the U.S. EPA announced comprehensive new protections to sharply reduce pollution from the oil and natural gas industry through regulation of methane emissions. The proposed regulations will, for the first time,...more

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U.S. EPA Proposes New Emissions Guidelines to Reduce Methane from the Oil and Gas Industry

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On November 2, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a proposed rule that is intended to significantly reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (“GHGs”) and other air pollutants from the crude oil and...more

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President Biden Announces New Methane Emissions Reduction Strategy

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On November 2, 2021, President Biden released the U.S. Methane Emissions Reduction Action Plan (the “Plan”). The Plan, calling for substantial reductions in U.S. methane emissions, was announced in tandem with an...more

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Federal Court Dismisses States' Challenge to President Biden's Executive Order 13990 on the Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases

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On August 31, 2021, a federal district court in Missouri v. Biden, 4:21-cv-00287, 2021 WL 3885590 (E.D. Mo. 2021), dismissed a suit brought by the State of Missouri and 12 other states, challenging President Biden's Executive...more

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EPA Proposes Far-Reaching Methane Rules for the Oil and Gas Sector

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The first action proposes first-time emission guidelines to reduce methane emissions from almost 1 million existing oil and gas wells, almost 2,000 existing interstate natural gas compressor stations, and over 500 existing...more

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EPA’s Proposed Methane Rule to Increase Regulatory Burden on “Super Pollutant”

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On November 2, 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) proposing sweeping regulations on emissions from methane, what the Biden administration considers a “super...more

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Republican Attorneys General Urge Congress to Reject New Methane Fees on Oil and Natural Gas Producers

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A group of 19 Republican AGs, led by West Virginia AG Patrick Morrisey, sent a letter to the leaders of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources urging...more

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[Webinar] Making Sense of Methane - October 21st, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CT

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Join V&E environmental lawyers Matthew Dobbins, Corinne Snow, and Patrick Traylor as they host a CLE via webcast on the EPA’s new proposed rule for methane from the oil and gas sector, provide an update on air enforcement and...more

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What You Need to Know: EPA to Propose New Methane Regulations for Oil and Gas Sector

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In the upcoming weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) is expected to release a proposed rule that would greatly expand methane regulations for the oil and gas sector. While EPA has previously issued regulations...more

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Dentons Flashpoint - September 16, 2021

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Key Takeaways - China is cracking down on financial blogs and social media, a move that risks exacerbating the difficulty of obtaining reliable economic data. The EU and US will commit to cutting methane pollution by 30...more

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EPA, FERC and the Army Corps Weigh in on the Social Costs of Carbon and Environmental Justice in Project Development

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Historically, environmental issues have been front and center for major project development throughout the world. But for projects in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) increased focus on the...more

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Agricultural Air Pollution: A Brief Reprise

I previously wrote an ACOEL blog post that pointed out the relationship between meat agriculture and global warming. I will start with the personal fact that my wife, the poet Margo Taft Stever, and I became vegetarians many...more

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Dentons Flashpoint - August 9, 2021

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Key Takeaways - A new UN climate report warns of climate catastrophe absent immediate and sustained reductions in methane and CO2 emissions. The Afghani Taliban overran three provincial capitals over the weekend, expanding...more

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Congressional Review Act Resolution Changes both Scope and Effect of EPA's Methane Rule

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On June 30, 2021, President Biden signed into law a resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) that disapproved a final rule adopted by the prior administration that made significant changes to 40 C.F.R. Part 60,...more

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